One of my favorite comic panels featured two dinosaurs standing on a small island with Noah’s Ark floating in the distance. Obviously the Flood has already started and one dinosaur says to the other (apparently in regard to their invitation to board said Ark), “That was today?” It embodies the anxiety of missing an appointment, in this case one very important.
The verse above reminds me that we never have enough time to prepare for our Big Appointment with Jesus if we aren’t already working on it. I run into many people who didn’t plan on going to the hospital, let alone getting into a situation where their life is at stake. No one I’ve spoken to in the ER, families of people who have died, ever planned for it. They are seldom dressed for the occasion. It is not unusual to have the same reaction as the dinosaurs.
Instead of being surprised, God tells us to plan ahead. Humble yourself. Don’t think you are all that and immune to God’s judgment. Rather be ready at all times, be that one that says, “God, I am at your service. I will do as you will.” For God looks at the heart, not the outward man. God seeks the meek and the humble to do His will, not the proud.
At the right time, at the perfect time, God will exalt you. So let God do the boasting. Let God do the clapping for a job well done. And you may be surprised when the day comes, but you will rejoice to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”